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I'd be interested to see how the situation develops, considering they don't require a CLA as far as I know, so not all copyright belongs to NGINX Inc. and FS therefore can't just close it all up.

I'd imagine their play would be to just increasingly cripple the FLOSS version so that you have to buy a license for running anything besides a personal blog.

It would be a shame for that to be the case, but you don't spent $600+ million expecting not to make a profit.

After a lot of deliberation, I have decided to launch a with a modest goal, in order to support development, since two hours of me tired after work, every couple of days doesn't really cut it.

is a question/answer platform akin to / , powered by .

If that sounds interesting to you, please take a look at patreon.com/fediquest - you'd get early access to the source code and your own space on shapegoal.org

Big news coming tomorrow regarding the question/answer server I've been working on..

Hey kids when you're designing awesome decentralised stuff, don't forget discoverability. I mean podcasts, conceptually, are perfectly decentralised but when I ask someone about their podcast 90% of the time they tell me to look it up on iTunes.

About one third into reading this massive blog post: Status As A Service, an analyzis of the role of social capital in success of social networks

eugenewei.com/blog/2019/2/19/s

@MatejLach @deejoe IMHO as a non-technical user of Mastodon, is that having flagship/landing instances was a genius move. General users looking for an alternative who are accustomed to wall garden type services will look for a single site to access for their initial taste. After a brief initiation they discover the there is a larger community out there and they'll emigrate, like I did. Baby steps:)

I am in Port Dickson Malaysia for a few days. Today I went out and just walked for a few hours in one direction. No idea what I would find or see. My hotel is right by the ocean so will get some sunset photo's tonight here. #photography

My @ubports experience with Ubuntu Touch and a OnePlus One. It's amazing to finally be Google free, at least I think I am... #Open-Source #FOSS #UbuntuTouch
pixelfed.social/p/Trumpy/42539

The problem here may very well be USB-C itself, which is being overloaded for so many functions, (charging, data transfer, display output/eGPU...), there are USB-C devices on eBay that fry the motherboard for one, but I do have to admit that having one cable take care of multiple devices made my own personal space much less cluttered and convenient, so it's not an easy solution, as always.

So it may end up being the case that we'll need to think about security a lot more explicitly/manually ourselves when performing certain actions, rather than simply relying on the OS to somehow shield us. It seems logical to me that no matter how hard we try, once an attacker has physical access, there's little one can do to stop them.

Also worth noting that this affects , , etc. as well, it's a general problem with how OSes allow DMA access for performance, not something specific to .

Seeing the massive performance degradation that & fixes could cause, (up to 30% in some workloads), am not even sure their current approach is wrong in the general case. It seems to be a case of performance vs maximum security, pick one.

If you have a capable computer, read this:

christian.kellner.me/2019/02/2

Despite the fancy name, plugging in unknown devices is probably always going to be a huge risk & I honestly can't think of a scenario where you'd be plugging in something you found on the parking lot if you at all care about security.

Now there are of course risks such as having your charger secretly exchanged for a malicious one, but if the attacker is this determined, you probably need a whole new strategy.

Shoshana Zuboff in "The Age of #SurveillanceCapitalism": "extraordinary research from French nonprofit @exodus and @privacylab in 2017 documented the exponential proliferation of tracking software... Two themes stand out in the research report: ubiquity and intensification."

Programming, when studied deeply and trying to be conscious about the process it's a really interesting topic. It makes you learn about yourself and the way you think.

It helps you learn about how people thinks.
It teaches you about how to tell stories, how to teach, how do you structure your own mind.

Programming is teaching a stupid machine to look like it's thinking, so you have to know really well what thinking means. Also what teaching means.

So while Mastodon is far from the biggest federated network, (that would be email), enabled servers are different in that practically everyone joining them knows, or soon learns, what federation is and how it could help them.

And because Mastodon has a decently alternative interface and keeps screwing up, it has the potential of real mass adoption.

Maybe itself is not going to be as spread out as it should be, but what comes after it can learn from that.

Another day, yet another piece attacking ,astodon and federation in general, (rosenzweig.io/blog/the-federat), while it's true that 3 instances hosting over half the userbase is less than ideal, what these pieces all fail to account for is that despite technically federation not being new, Mastodon is a platform that is popularizing the concept to a wider audience than practically anything before it, most importantly because even people who don't have their own instance now know that they could.

Misskey v10.92.0 is now released. It includes an update about polls. So, Misskey is now ready to federate polls with Mastodon! Misskey users can vote to Mastodon user's polls, and vice versa. github.com/syuilo/misskey/pull
cc: @Gargron

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Hi there! I am a free software developer. I enjoy working on useful software, as well as advocating for software freedom and the use of open standards, promoting data ownership, decentralization and privacy. If this is important to you, I may be worth following. If you like Go, Rust, or Swift, it may be worth following me as well. Besides computing, I enjoy metal, a good read and occasionally some gaming, (not much time for that these days).